Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Art Blogging: George Clausen

George Clausen (1852-1944) was a British Academic painter. Born in London, he was educated at the Royal College of Art. Affiliated with the Naturalist movement, Clausen became most famous for his depictions of British rural life. Like the Impressionists, Clausen used light to magnify his images, but true to his Academic training, he did not abandon the integrity of form.

Girl at the Gate (oil on canvas, 1889, Tate Gallery). Here is an example of what I mean. The spotty background of this painting is Impressionistic in its construction, but the central figure and her draping is traditionally Academic through crisp, clean lines.

The Mowers (watercolor, 1885).

Head of a Peasant Woman (oil on canvas, 1882).

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